|Matt: Some of these other posters I can understand. But when you constantly fail to get it, all I can do is guess that you simply didn't read the real sequence here. (And ironically, it's Nicole herself that made the mountain out of a molehill.)|
I think the deeper thing going on here is that some people here, strangely, regard their moral job as being done if they take steps *in reality* to correct the mistake, while neglecting to take steps *in their mind* to correct what in fact caused the mistake in the first place. This means going beyond a concrete-bound mentality, from "well, I guess I'll never do *that* again", to a principled, conceptual, *human* mentality of "what *principle* did I fail to act on or understand properly, and why?"
These people are right out of Ayn Rand's essay on "The Missing Link": "The main characteristic of this mentality is a special kind of passivity: not passivity as such and not across-the-board, but passivity beyond a certain limit--i.e., passivity in regard to the process of conceptualization and, therefore, in regard to fundamental principles. It is a mentality which has decided, at a certain point of development, that it knows enough and does not care to look further. What does it accept as 'enough'? The immediately given, directly perceivable concretes of its background..." --Ayn Rand